News From the Art Room
Nov. 30 - Dec. 4
Annual Art Fundraiser
Or, if you'd prefer:
...it's that time of the year... again.
However you see it, it is indeed that time of the year: the time when we do our annual Art Fundraiser! Don't worry--this isn't the kind of fundraiser where you have to sell stuff or buy expensive things that you don't want or need. THIS is the kind of fundraiser where you buy cheap things that you planned on buying anyway: holiday themed-cards made by local artists and printed right here in Farmington. They're even gluten-free!
Cards can be purchased at the front office at Riverview or by ordering them via email with Mr. Stanley. Click the button below for all the information you can handle!
Rainbows and Banners
With the banners made and Thanksgiving behind us we'll finish up our rainbow paintings this coming week and will be sending those home soon.
Puzzle Pieces and complementary Colors
They put complementary colors into practice by drawing out simple puzzle pieces and painting them bold colors. Once dry, the students then needed to find the complements (opposites) for each puzzle piece and color designs into it. All of these puzzle-pieces should be sent home this week!
Next week the students are going to learn all about tints and shades with a winter-themed landscape painting in time for the holidays!
Birch Trees, Northern Lights, and Lines
Wassily Kandinsky and Designing Book Covers
When finished with the abstract art, 3rd graders started looking at two facets in designing a layout for a book cover: first, the lettering, and second the composition, that is, where everything goes, what size it should all be, what colors are used, etc. The books in question that necessitate covers are either the personal narratives or the fiction stories that students wrote back in their classrooms.
The Art Cycle
It goes something like this:
1. Students come up with an idea that they'd like to create.
2. Students develop a plan that includes a sketch and a list of needed materials.
3. Students conference with Mr. Stanley, explaining their idea.
4. Students create their artwork.
5. When finished students record a video of themselves presenting their artwork and briefly reflecting on the creation process. This video is stored on the students' art portfolio on Google Drive, along with a photo of their artwork.
6. Rinse and repeat.
Check in with your child and ask them about the artwork that they're creating. Some students are drawing, some are painting. Some students are building sculptures while others are editing homemade movies on the iPads. Some students are designing banners, while others are weaving on looms.
Art Cubes & the Art Cycle
For the remainder of the school year the 5th graders will largely be self-directed in that they will be able to select their own projects to create and will make their own time-line for completing them as well. While that freedom is exciting, it's also very challenging. Some students have a difficult time deciding on what kind of art they want to make. Next time you check on with your child, ask her or him about what they're making in art or about what they'd be interested in making.